Al-Waleed bin Talal
Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal Al Saud
الوليد بن طلال بن عبدالعزيز آل سعود
|Born||30 July 1954|
|Alma mater||Menlo College|
|Occupation||Chairman and CEO of Kingdom Holding Company|
|Spouse(s)||Dalal bint Saud bin Abdulaziz (divorced)|
Eman bint Naser bin Abdullah al Sudairi (divorced)
Ameera al-Taweel (divorced)
Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Arabic: الوليد بن طلال بن عبدالعزيز آل سعود; born 30 July 1954) is a member of the Saudi Royal Family. He is the nephew of the Saudi Arabian King Abdullah. An entrepreneur and international investor but without real political power within the House of Saud or in Saudi Arabia, he has amassed a fortune through investments in real estate and the stock market.
As of March 2010, his net worth is estimated at US$19.4 billion, up from $13.3 billion, according to Forbes, making him the 19th richest person in the world on their list published in March 2010. He has been nicknamed by Time magazine as the Arabian Warren Buffett.
Talal bought the super yacht Kingdom5KR. It had been owned by Donald Trump and called the "Trump Princess". The yacht, built in 1979, was used in the James Bond movie, Never Say Never Again. It has 11 cabins, can take 22 guests and has a crew of 31.
On 4 November 2017, he was arrested in Saudi Arabia, in an anti-corruption raid, together with, among others, Waleed bin Ibrahim Al Ibrahim and Saleh Abdullah Kamel. Al-Waleed was released from detention on 27 January 2018, following a financial settlement of some kind, after nearly three months in detention. In March 2018 he was dropped from the World's Billionaires list due to lack of current information.
Early life and education[change | change source]
Al-Waleed was born in Jeddah on 30 July 1954 to Prince Talal bin Abdul-Aziz, long-time-known as The Red Prince, and Mona Al Solh, daughter of Riad Al Solh (Lebanon's first prime minister).
Honours[change | change source]
Saudi Arabian national honours[change | change source]
|Member 1st Class of the Order of Abdulaziz Al Saud|
Foreign honors[change | change source]
|Bahrain||Member 1st Class of the Khalifiyyeh Order of Bahrain|
|Benin||Grand Officer of the National Order of Benin|
|Brunei||Member 1st Class of the Family Order of Laila Utama|
|Bulgaria||Member 1st Class of the Order of the Balkan Mountains|
|Burkina Faso||Commander of the National Order of Burkina Faso|
|Burundi||Grand Cross of the National Order of the Republic of Burundi|
|Chad||Grand Officier of the National Order of Chad|
|Comoros||Commander of the Star Anjouan|
|Central African Republic||Grand Cross of the National Order of Merit of Central African Republic|
|Djibouti||Grand Cordon of the National Order of the Star of Djibouti|
|France||Commander of the Legion of Honour|
|Gabon||Grand Cross of the National Order of Merit of Gabon|
|Gambia||Grand Commander of the Order of the Republic of The Gambia|
|Ghana||Companion of the Order of the Volta|
|Guinea||Commander of the National Order of Merit of Guinea|
|Equatorial Guinea||Grand Cross of the Order of Independence|
|Jordan||Grand Cordon of the Order of the Star of Jordan|
|Ivory Coast||Grand Cross of the National Order of the Ivory Coast|
|Kenya||Grand Cordon of the Chief of the Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya|
|Lebanon||Grand Officer of the National Order of the Cedar|
|Liberia||Grand Cordon of the Order of the Star of Africa|
|Madagascar||Grand Cross of the National Order of Madagascar|
|Mauritania||Commander of the National Order of Merit of Mauritania|
|Maldives||Grand Cordon of the Order of the Distinguished Rule of Izzuddin|
|Mali||Grand Officier of the National Order of Mali|
|Malta||Companions of the National Order of Merit (Malta)|
|Monaco||Grand Officier of the Order of Grimaldi|
|Morocco||Grand Cordon of the Order of Ouissam Alaouite|
|Netherlands||Officier of the Order of Orange-Nassau|
|Niger||Grand Cordon of the National Order of Merit of Niger|
|Pakistan||Second Class of Nishan-e-Pakistan|
|Philippines||Grand Officier of Order of Sikatuna|
|Senegal||Grand Officier of the National Order of the Lion|
|Sierra Leone||Grand Gordon of the Order of the Republic (Sierra Leone)|
|South Korea||Sungnye Medal of the Order of Diplomatic Service Merit|
|Sudan||Grand Cordon of the Republic of the Sudan|
|Syria||Member 1st Class of the Order of the Umayyads|
|Taiwan||Grand Cordon of the Order of Brilliant Star|
|Togo||Grand Officier of the Order of Mono|
|Tunisia||Grand Officier of the Order of the Republic|
|Vietnam||Medal of the Friendship Order|
|Uganda||Companion of the Most Excellent Order of the Pearl of Africa|
Personal life[change | change source]
Al-Waleed has been married four times.
References[change | change source]
- Khan, Riz (2005). Alwaleed, Businessman Billionaire Prince. New York: HarperCollins. p. 19. ISBN 9780060850302.
- "Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed's Timeline". Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
- Forbes topic page on Prince Alwaleed Retrieved March 2010
- "Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud". Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Archived from the original on 6 May 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
- "The mystery of the world's second-richest businessman". The Economist. 25 February 1999. Archived from the original on 19 May 2017. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
- Jehl, Douglas (28 March 1999). "Buffett of Arabia? Well, Maybe". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 7 March 2017. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
- "Kingdom 5KR". yachts.monacoeye.com. 2011. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
- "Kingdom 5KR Yacht - Benetti motor yacht". superyachts.com. 2011. Archived from the original on 13 November 2011. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
- Kirkpatrick, David D. (4 November 2017). "Saudi Arabia Arrests 11 Princes, Including Billionaire Alwaleed bin Talal". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 8 November 2017. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
- "Alwaleed bin Talal, two other billionaires tycoons among Saudi arrests". Archived from the original on 5 November 2017. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
- Alwaleed bin Talal, two other billionaires tycoons among Saudi arrests, 4 November, Daily Sabah
- "Saudi billionaire Prince Al-Waleed freed after 'settlement'". Agence France-Presse. 27 January 2018. Archived from the original on 28 January 2018. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
The prince was released following an undisclosed financial agreement with the government, similar to deals that authorities struck with most other detainees in exchange for their freedom.
- Ben Hubbard, Billionaire Saudi Prince, Alwaleed bin Talal, Is Freed From Detention Archived 27 January 2018 at the Wayback Machine, The New York Times (27 January 2017).
- Dolan, Kerry (6 March 2018). "Why No Saudi Arabians Made The Forbes Billionaires List This Year". Forbes. Archived from the original on 6 March 2018. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
- Gornail, Jonathan (8 March 2013). "Newsmaker: Prince Al Waleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud". The National. Archived from the original on 1 August 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
- Sherifa Zuhur (31 October 2011). Saudi Arabia. ABC-CLIO. p. 97. ISBN 978-1-59884-571-6.
- Mamoun Fandy (2007). (Un)civil War of Words: Media and Politics in the Arab World. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 43. ISBN 978-0-275-99393-1.
- Moubayed, Sami (1 February 2011). "Lebanon cabinet: A tightrope act". Lebanon Wire. Archived from the original on 23 March 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
- Royal Saudi couple’s divorce is 'amicable' Richard Johnson. Page Six. NYPost.com 20 November 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2015